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Trump said pardon for Paul Manafort ‘not off the table’

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Manafort
served as Trump’s campaign manager in mid-2016, when he won the
Republican Party’s nomination.


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  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a pardon for his
    former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is “not off the table” as
    he erroneously accused the special counsel Robert Mueller of
    coercing people to “flip and lie.” 
  • “You know this flipping stuff is terrible. You flip and
    you lie and you get – the prosecutors will tell you 99% of the
    time they can get people to flip. It’s rare that they can’t,”
    Trump told The New York Post in an interview. 
  • This comes shortly after Manafort was accused by Mueller
    of
    violating his plea deal
    by lying to the FBI and the special
    counsel’s office on a “variety of subject
    matters.” 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a pardon for his former
campaign chairman Paul Manafort is “not off the table” as he
erroneously accused special counsel Robert Mueller of coercing
people to “flip and lie.” 

In an Oval Office interview with
the New York Post
, the president said, “It was never
discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take
it off the table?”

Trump, without evidence, then accused Mueller of coercing
Manafort — and others linked to the special counsel’s probe into
Russia election interference — to lie. 

“You know this flipping stuff is terrible. You flip and you
lie and you get – the prosecutors will tell you 99% of the time
they can get people to flip. It’s rare that they can’t,” Trump
said. 

This comes shortly after Manafort was accused by Mueller of

violating his plea deal
by lying to the FBI and the special
counsel’s office on a “variety of subject matters.” 


Read more:
What Paul Manafort’s highly unusual move to brief Trump’s team on
his discussions with Mueller reveals about his
strategy

Manafort in September pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy
against the US.

Trump in recent days has raged over Mueller’s claims,
accusing him of
“ruining people’s lives”
for “refusing to lie.” The president
has long criticized Mueller’s investigation, characterizing it as
a “witch hunt” while vehemently denying allegations his campaign
colluded with Russia. 

The presidential pardon is among the most controversial
powers of the president, and critics have already accused Trump
of abusing it by
pardoning incendiary individuals such as Sheriff Joe
Arpaio.

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